Food Glorious Food at BENKAZ

Food Glorious Food at BENKAZ

I’ve always been a lover of italian food and thought I would try this recommended restaurant called Benkaz in Shotts, North Lanarkshire.

I wasn’t disappointed in fact I came away feeling very satisfied rather than overly bloated.

Here is what I had:

starters – SAUTED MUSHROOMS Served in a creamy garlic sauce with side salad.

Main Course – PENNE NAPOLI PASTA in a tomato and basil sauce served with garlic bread and a side of chips.

I cannot begin to tell you how much I savoured every mouthful, I didn’t want it to end…

See more in tomorrows 05.03.2019 copy of PERUSE.




My Top 5


  • Sean Wilson, who played Martin Platt in Coronation Street for over 20 years, is now an award-winning cheese-maker and chef. Sean will be our guide to northern cuisine in his 4-part Channel Five series.

Highly recommended

The Great Northern Cookbook

  • – In Zilli Light, he shares his new, exciting way of life – with advice on how to eat delicious food but less of it: have large meals, but at certain times of the day; enjoy irresistible desserts but leave out another dish; and a host of tips on how to continue dining deliciously, while getting the weight off and keeping it off.Zilli Light recipes are based on the mouth-watering Mediterranean diet – with a new take. They are zesty and feisty, but with fewer calories. They are an essential introduction to anyone in search of a newer, more energetic way of life. If you want to be lighter and brighter, Zilli Light is for you.

An absolute must have
Buon appetito!

Zilli Light

Secrets and Recipes from a Mob Family’s Kitchen

  • This is definitely recommended I bought this and boy are there some real tasty treats inside. It was thanks to Lana she brought it to my attention.

Thank you Lana, Renee and Jennifer x

How To Use A Meat Clever

  • Honestly Healthy in a Hurry and The Alkaline Cure 2 Books Bundle Collection – The busy food-lover’s cookbook, The 14 Day Diet and Anti-ageing Plan. Description:- Honestly Healthy in a Hurry: The busy food-lover’s cookbook The must-have vegetarian cookbook for easy healthy recipes to cook at home. Gourmet vegetarian chef Natasha Corrett will inspire you to ditch the processed, sugar-laden foods we resort to when we’re busy, reduce food waste and actually save money. With a focus on cooking from scratch, Honestly Healthy in a Hurry contains super speedy suppers that you can make in no time; dishes that are quick to prepare and can be left in the oven while you get on with other things; and cook ahead ingredients that will prep you for a stress-free week ahead. The Alkaline Cure: The 14 Day Diet and Anti-ageing Plan Many of us feel sluggish and bloated because our diet is far too acidic. With The Alkaline Cure, Dr Stephan Domenig, Medical Director at The Original F.X. Mayr Health Center, explains how opting for more alkaline foods can help us lose weight, gain energy and feel younger. More than just a diet, The Alkaline Cure is a clinically approved plan to enhance all aspects of your mental and physical health. It includes a simple-to-follow 14-day diet plan with 40 delicious recipes that will revitalise your health, reboot your metabolism and slow down signs of ageing. Recently featured in the Mail on Sunday YOU magazine s Health section: Does Your Diet Pass the Acid Test? The alkaline approach encourages mindful eating and aside from lasting weight loss, proven benefits include: clearer skin, increased energy, strengthened immune system, reduced signs of ageing, improved metabolism and optimised digestive health.

Another of my best buys and definitely great for all us mum’s and dad’s who just don’t have the time prepare a family feast through the week what with work and all.

Highly recommended

Honestly Heathy In A Hurry

  • Inspired by the food eaten on the hit TV show Little House on the Prairie, this book offers fans comforting family recipes and childhood favourites from Laura “Half Pint” Ingalls herself. From prairie breakfasts and picnic lunches, to treats inspired by Nellie’s restaurant, My Prairie Cookbook includes all of the down-home classics viewers loved to see the Ingalls family enjoy on the show: crispy fried chicken, pot roasts, baked ham, corn bread, apple pie and easy, comforting casseroles. Eighty simple and delicious dishes are peppered with Melissa Gilbert’s own personal memorabilia from her years on the show, including behind-the-scenes stories, anecdotes and more than 100 never-before-seen treasured scrapbook images. With answers to all of the most-asked questions from fans–on topics including the biggest bloopers, on-set romances and what Michael London was really like– My Prairie Cookbook will be a cherished memento for all the “Bonnet Heads” and fans of simple, prairie cooking alike.

You’ll see in one of my earlier blogs that I brought this to everyone’s attention, just jump on to categories to read my full review.

An absolute must must must…

My Prairie Cookbook

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Belinda x



Great Northern Cookbook Available on Amazon and it’s available not only in print but kindle too, so there is no excuses go on order your copy.

It’s here ‘The Great Northern Cookbook’ by Our very own Sean Wilson


“This journey has given me the exciting opportunity to bring my cooking life full circle, and to introduce you to the very best recipes from the North of England. I’ve been able to delve deep into the diverse cultures, histories and traditions of the North and, of course, Northern food. The results of my travels, my many tastings, meals and experiments, are presented here, in a book that revels in its Northerners!”

Book Info:

Britain is a nation built on its food, and nowhere has a richer heritage than the North of England. In The Great Northern Cookbook, Sean Wilson – former Coronation Street actor now award-winning cheese-maker and chef – is our guide to the culinary highlights of the North. A proud Lancastrian, Sean serves up timeless recipes and reveals the history behind the foods you love.

In The Great Northern Cookbook you’ll find homely hotpots and pies, alongside beef stew with melting dumplings, and a recipe for the soft, warm oven-bottom muffins.

With soups to feed an army, traditional sweet treats, delicious Northern curries, and of course timeless Yorkshire puddings with mushy peas and gravy, Sean serves up the greats from Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Northumberland.

Embrace the Northern passion for simple food, made with good, authentic ingredients. Tying in to a new TV series, The Great Northern Cookbook is packed with delicious and affordable recipes you’ll want to eat and share

I’m just about to order my copy.

Belinda Conniss


Honestly Heathy In A Hurry


“Honestly Healthy In A Hurry” by Natasha Corrett

If like me you’re a lover of good food but time is holding you back, then take a look at “Honestly Healthy In A Hurry”  A must have for us busy mum’s & dad’s and I’m always busy so this is right up my street.

Honestly Healthy in a Hurry is a cookbook for food-lovers who want easy healthy recipes to cook at home.

Leave behind the processed and sugar-dense food you turn to because it seems easy when you’re busy, and eat gourmet vegetarian chef Natasha Corrett’s delicious recipes.

There are super speedy suppers that you can make in no time; dishes that are quick to prepare and can be left in the oven while you get on with other things, and cook ahead ingredients that can be prepped ahead and form the basis of healthy meals through the week.

With over 90 recipes following alkaline eating principles Honestly Healthy in a Hurry is for anyone looking for cookery ideas and inspiration, with breakfasts, meals, snacks and sweet treats.

Honestly Healthy In A Hurry



Italian’s Do It Best


La Lanterna Restorante

(An award-winning Italian Restaurant in the heart of Glasgow)

“I actually never thought that my love of Italian food could get any better, until today”

The food was absolutely perfect everything was cooked and seasoned to perfection. I really can’t say enough good things about the food.

The staff were great, very welcoming and friendly and topped off the experience.

Most definitely recommended, I will be back for sure and look forward to trying other dishes.

Today I had the, Rigatoni Con Filetto e Salsiccia – Short pasta with sliced fillet steak, Italian sausage & wild mushrooms. I savoured every mouthful.

To experience La Lanterna Restorante for yourself, Here are the details including links.

Bon appetite

35 Hope Street, Glasgow, G2 6AE

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